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9 April 2012

culture

Muckraking for a Buck

I applaud Janet Reitman’s recent Rolling Stone article on Dartmouth hazing for at least attempting to present a more nuanced picture of Dartmouth’s “whistleblower” compared to other national publications. I applaud it for raising the points about sexual assault and Dartmouth’s continued issues regarding gender relations. As with the other articles, I applaud any spotlight on hazing. Dartmouth is an imperfect place, as are all the Ivies and indeed all colleges.

But I strongly disagree with Rolling Stone’s decision to take Andrew Loshe’s story and turn it into a symbol and vanguard for Dartmouth’s culture and Dartmouth’s soul.